Jordan's Son Quits Illinois Hoops Squad

He wants to focus on academics
By A Ali,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2009 3:51 PM CDT
Jordan's Son Quits Illinois Hoops Squad
Illinois' Jeff Jordan shoots against Western Kentucky's Jeremy Evans during the second half of a first-round men's NCAA basketball tournament game in Portland, Oregon.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Michael Jordan’s elder son is abandoning the University of Illinois’ basketball team to focus on school and his “life after basketball.” Jeff Jordan, a rising junior, earned a scholarship last season after making the team as a walk-on, and has played in 59 games; the son of the NBA legend was expected to become a key defensive player, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

“I have come to the point where I’m ready to focus on life after basketball,” said Jeff Jordan, whose younger brother, Marcus, plans to play basketball at the University of Central Florida this season. Says Illinois coach Bruce Weber of Jeff: “We will miss him, but we fully support the decision he has made. When the game of basketball has been a top priority throughout your life, it is very difficult to transition away from playing.” (Read more Michael Jordan stories.)

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